Emily Thornberry scrapes through Labour leadership first round

Ms Thornberry got 22 nominations with minutes to spare

Monday, January 13, 2020

Emily Thornberry has managed to secure her place in the second round of the Labour leadership contest after reaching the required number of nominations just minutes before the deadline.

The shadow foreign secretary will therefore appear on the ballot paper along with shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and backbenchers Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips.

Candidates needed at least 22 nominations each from Labour MPs or MEPs by 2:30pm today in order to go through to the next phase.

Ms Thornberry reached 23 with minutes to spare while the other candidates already had the numbers.

Sir Keir received 86 nominations, Ms Long-Bailey 33, Ms Nandy was just behind on 30 and Jess Phillips received 23.

Clive Lewis withdrew from the race before nominations closed

Shadow treasury secretary Clive Lewis stood down from the contest half an hour before nominations closed, having received just five recommendations.

He said: “At this stage, it's clear that I won't get on the ballot.

“So, I'm standing aside in the spirit of pluralism, diversity and generosity that I've promoted throughout this campaign, so that those who have supported me can recast their nominations.”

Meanwhile in the battle to become deputy leader, which is running simultaneously, three more candidates reached the magic number 22.

Five candidates remain in the contest to become deputy leader

Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon and Dawn Butler will join Angela Rayner and Ian Murray in the second round. Khalid Mahmood pulled out of the race last week.

Ms Rayner is leading the nominations with 85, followed by Mr Murray on 34.

Ms Butler received 28, Dr Allin-Khan 23 and Mr Burgon just made it with 22.

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